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Chamberlain exhibit set for Gallery

Aug.18-Sept. 26

Author: ICC News/Friday, August 01, 2014/Categories: Press Releases

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            Sylvain Chamberlain’s large scale painting exhibition, Mimetic Conundrums, will be on display in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center gallery at the Itawamba Community College Fulton Campus beginning Aug. 18.

            Using the entire gallery area, these paintings of social politic engage the viewer directly to inspire dialog on all aspects of social dynamics, according to Shawn Whittington of ICC’s Art Department. Chamberlain will schedule special talks and demonstrations during the exhibition.

            A native of Montreal, Canada, Chamberlain began his professional career in the field of chemistry with oil companies. Now a Tupelo resident, Chamberlain describes his approach to painting as, “A painting, unlike a photograph, is created over an arc of time. That arc is in constant service to the myriad thoughts and shifting ideas of the subject, content, and media of the painter and painting. This is why the photograph of the chair is always about the chair, but the painting of the chair is about the ideas of ‘chair.’ So it is that my attempts in painting are to capture moments with implication. The implications are my narratives. Those narratives inform the painting as well as uphold the viewer’s gaze, an invitation to enter, belong and mediate outcomes. In this way, the dialog comes alive with each viewer, specific and private. Special. This is the intimate language of art.”

            The closing reception, which will be from 5-9 p.m., Sept. 26, is free and open to the public.

            Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, except for days that the college is closed for holidays.

            For more information, contact Whittington at (662) 862-8301 or email eswhittington@iccms.edu.


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